May 22, 2011
Taipei Flower Show (video)
We arrived in Taipei April 17, 2011 and everyone we talked to said, “Go to the Flower Expo, it is about to close.” It ran from November 6, 2010 to April 25, 2011. Taipei Flower Expo was an enormous area filled with many pavilions for viewing all kinds of flowers.
On the sides of most buses in Taipei were advertisements for the Flower Expo. Many metro stops had signs, maps and explanations how to find the Expo from one station to the next. There were special buses to transfer passengers from rapid rail to the many entrances.
But all the media did not prepare us for how busy the Flower Expo would be. We arrived at nearly 5pm and were eligible for late day tickets. I had no idea that we would wait in line to stop and smell the flowers. George was shocked that there were so many people and called it, “Disneyland without the rides.” I could see the resemblance; the queues were very orderly and had red-taped stanchions.
I love the video of our time in the Flower Expo. There were so many types, colors and designs of flowers; it is truly impressive all the flowers that are available in Taiwan. The people-watching was spectacular!
Thanks for your ideas! For this summer: We are off to Tonga and Samoa.